‘And the very though of it is going to take a while to get used to, but that doesn’t change the fact that the end of eternal life is probably one of the best things ever to happend to this place’.Demeona to Philip.
I feel like I read these books at the most perfect time.
G’day friends! I know, two review posts in one day!? It’s mostly the fault of my inability to properly schedule things. But I am back to write a review post for the third book in the Great Devil War series, The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Anderson. If you were here for the other two blog tours for the first two books in the series, you can read those here and here.
As per usual, here is the synopsis of The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Anderson which can also be found on Goodreads:
An unfortunate chain of events makes Philip responsible for the untimely death of the school bully Sam—the Devil’s original choice for an heir. Philip must return to Hell to find Sam and bring him back to life, so that fate can be restored. But trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom and not even Philip can imagine the strange and dark journey that awaits him. A journey that will take him through ancient underworlds and all the way to Paradise.
Every time I read these books, I have so much fun.
In the third book of The Great Devil War series, Philip is once again right in the middle of the politics of Hell. We meet Philip when he is finally feeling as though he is getting things right – balancing what he believes is good and/or evil, making friends and just being a happy teenager. But, like what always seems to happen, there is an accident in which Sam takes one of Philip’s pill (thinking it was for headaches) which is meant for Philip when he wants to visit Hell. Philip, in stress, follows Sam to make sure that Hell knows it was a mistake – an unnatural death of Sam. Will Philip find him?
If you remember from the last book, the devils of Hell are now mortal. As a result, there are many in Hell which did not take kindly to this. Resulting in many abandoning Hell and fleeing to the Outer Reach where it is believed they have joined with Azriel – Philip’s arch-enemy! Lucifer is worried about a possible war brewing.
I feel as though with each book, both the writing and the characters grow as well. This subsequently results in this book being slightly more dark than the previous too, which I enjoyed. Philip is maturing, and thus his relationships as well. I am happy to see that Satina’s character is also slightly growing, though I do wish she again, has more of a place in the action of the narrative.
The action was wonderfully done, and the pacing was good. Though I personally felt it lag in the middle but I believe that is because I myself was growing impatient! I still think Lucifer is the most hilarious character in the series – especially when he argues with Jehovah (God). I literally crack up everytime I read it because Lucifer is spitting straight facts…I’m just saying.
What I believe Anderson does exceptionally well is that I can never predict where the story will go. Similar to the previous two, this book went in a way that I did not expect which made me enjoy it all the more. It was fun, clever, hilarious at times and wonderfully building tension of the Great War which I believe will occur in the next books! Also, it ends in a cliffhanger but it is done so well I am not even mad about it…just interested in the next installment!
I highly recommend this series to lovers of YA because, as I have said a million times in my previous reviews, Anderson has created an incredibly creative and unique world that is action-packed and fun. I liked this installment, though not as much as the second book in the series, but I did rate it a 3.5 stars out of 5. Honestly, these books are incredibly easy to read and one can read them quite fast, so I highly recommend it – especially now when most of us are staying at home.
That’s it for today! Please check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!
Until next time, happy reading!
All the love,